skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

Will The Filner Scandal Cause An Economic Fallout In San Diego?

Aired 8/12/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Gary London, real estate economist with London Group Realty Advisors.

Erik Bruvold, president National University System Institute for Policy Research


Some of San Diego's most influential business leaders are calling on Mayor Bob Filner to resign. Today, the life science association Biocom called on Filner to resign immediately.

Last week, former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders uninvited Mayor Bob Filner to the Chamber of Commerce's trip to Washington, D.C. at the end of August. Sanders and 30 other members of the San Diego Business Leadership Alliance called on the mayor to resign.

But will a "no-confidence" vote by some leaders in San Diego's business community translate to a negative impact on San Diego's economy?

There are conflicting opinions among local economists as to how the mayor's problems will affect San Diego.

Erik Bruvold, president of National University System Institute for Policy Research said the scandal introduces uncertainty into the local economy.

"We passed a charter reform that gave the mayor fairly broad and extraordinary powers over policy directions and economic strategies for the city," he said. "This uncertainty about whether he stays, whether he goes, the timeline for that, really creates the kind of risk that would lead a number of businesses and a number of kinds of industries to put investments on hold."

Gary London, real estate economist with London Group Realty Advisors disagreed. He said, "The circumference of the mayor's office only goes so far."

He said with a few exceptions, "The business of the city and the region will run mostly as usual regardless of what's going on in the mayor's office."

Bruvold said there's symbolism in the move by the Chamber of Commerce to uninvite the mayor to Washington DC.

"It sends a signal that the mayor lacks power and lacks authority and credibility," he said.

London agreed, he said, "The city without a strong mayor operating in a strong fashion is in rigor mortis right now."

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.


Avatar for user 'BarryJohn'

BarryJohn | August 12, 2013 at 9:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

it seems like one of the most basic jobs of a Mayor is to be the face of the city for economic development purposes; to be a visionary on this front; to be a cheer leader of this business community -- Cities compete for companies and the Mayor would play a key role in such competitions-- this is aside from the regular admin duties related to the strong mayor form - Filner cant do these basic economic duties - he has become a pariah - it seems no one would even want him to cut a ribbon, be seen with him or be in a picture with him regardless of due process - private companies are sensitive to PR, sensitive to the message that they want to portray to their employees and Filner provides no upside to anyone on this front - the shame is that his key constituents need jobs, need a solid economic base

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'MarineRoom'

MarineRoom | August 12, 2013 at 10:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

No, it will have no negative effect unless he is recalled.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'philosopher3000'

philosopher3000 | August 12, 2013 at 10:41 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Every day I lose more respect for KPBS. To listen to Maureen Cavanaugh desperately try to make a non-rally into some kind of mob, trying desperately to fan the flames of this so called "Scandal" and burn the Mayor at the stake.

No, the people with the specially printed signs at the "rally", were the self same usual suspects who work for the T-baggers. They used to come out against Congressman Filner down here in Chula Vista, when 30 people would picket his office over his pro-Obamacare votes.

There is no scandal, there is one person accusing him of sexual harassment.

The way Maureen Cavanaugh kept trying to get her guests to say there would be some 'big economic impact' from this was pathetic. The only economic impact is the size of the Jacobs family donation to the KPBS "investigative reporting" fund.

I wish there was more than one public radio station in this town. Monopolies suck.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'MarineRoom'

MarineRoom | August 12, 2013 at 10:51 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Way to go, 3000! And your punctuation is back on track too:)

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | August 13, 2013 at 7:56 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

so far its a boon to the media and late night tv monologs

( | suggest removal )